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Pittsburgh's history of lead in our water, paint, and soil continues to have enormous repercussions for the area's public health. Hidden Poison is a series on lead problems and solutions, reported by public media partners 90.5 WESA News, Allegheny Front, PublicSource, and Keystone Crossroads. Read more at our website:

Pennsylvania Officials Seek To Abate Lead Poisoning Dangers

Sarah Schneider
90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania officials are hoping to lower the risk of lead poisoning through mandated blood testing for children and other measures.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is backing legislation to require testing that meets federal guidelines, and is rolling out other strategies to address the problem.

The administration is working on ways for regional response teams to care for children with dangerous amounts of lead in their system.

There are also proposals to train more people in remediating lead and to provide more resources online about lead poisoning, testing and remediation.

Officials say about three in 10 children in the state have been tested for lead exposure, and just under 5 percent of them had elevated lead levels.